Is there a plan ahead for old Welland Hospital site?

Flashback to 2011: a passer-by looks at the vandalised Welland Hospital before its demolition.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG090811-158TW.
Flashback to 2011: a passer-by looks at the vandalised Welland Hospital before its demolition. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG090811-158TW.
  • Talks ongoing over ‘sale and future development’ of land in Roman Bank
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Talks are ongoing over “the sale and future development” of the former Welland Hospital site in Spalding, the Lincolnshire Free Press can reveal.

NHS and South Holland District Council officials are “discussing options” for the derelict Welland Hospital area in Roman Bank, Spalding.

Rubbish on the Welland Hospital site.

Rubbish on the Welland Hospital site.

The site has been labelled an “eyesore” ever since the hospital was demolished in November 2011 after repeated incidents of looting, vandalism and even arson.

Coun Peter Williams, district councillor for Spalding St Paul’s which includes the derelict site, said: “Several people have mentioned it to me, but then a letter from a constituent spurred me into action to get the site cleared.

“The constituent said he was ‘embarrassed at the state of Roman Bank’ with ‘the dumping of rubbish on the boundary of the old Welland Hospital site’.

“I’ve spoken to a few people about previous efforts to look at the site and the thing that gets me is that the NHS spends a ridiculous amount of money every year on illness and accident prevention.

The NHS spends a ridiculous amount of money every year on illness and accident prevention, yet here is a huge accident waiting to happen

Coun Peter Williams, South Holland District Council member for Spalding St Paul’s

“Yet here is a huge accident waiting to happen when the NHS has a duty of care to the public.”

Paul Boocock, director of estates and facilities for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are working with South Holland District Council to discuss options for the sale and future development of the site of the former Welland Hospital.”